February is National Heart Month and the British Heart Foundation is urging the UK to show support
Andrew Jones MP supported the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in National Heart Month this February by taking part in their first ever ‘Tweet-off’ on 6 February and has been crowned the winner.
The BHF’s ‘Tweet-off’ encouraged MPs to help beat heart disease by competing against their fellow MPs in a re-tweeting contest. Andrew has been awarded with a National Heart Month award after winning the Tweet-Off, receiving the highest amount of re-tweets from his supporters.
Andrew is hoping to motivate the Harrogate constituency to get involved with National Heart Month and fundraise for the nation’s heart charity. The Harrogate MP has also shown his support by visiting the BHF shop in Harrogate to encourage locals to volunteer and donate to the shop.
There are over 2.7 million people in the UK currently suffering with heart disease and it is the UK’s single biggest killer. It kills one in six men and one in nine women and is responsible for almost 80,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 220 people each day.
National Heart Month is a time when the BHF urges people in the UK to think about their hearts and the hearts of those around them. It is also a time when the charity encourages supporters to fundraise and help the charity’s fight against heart disease.
Andrew Jones MP said:
I am pleased to help raise awareness of heart disease during National Heart Month by taking part if the first ever BHF ‘Tweet-off’. I am proud of the Harrogate constituents for supporting National Heart Month and as a result, helping me to win the Tweet-Off. I hope that more people will be encouraged to join in these activities to help the BHF to continue their vital, life-saving work.
Louise Parkes, Fundraising Director at the BHF, said:
National Heart Month is a great opportunity for everyone to think about how many lives are affected by heart disease. We offer our heartfelt thanks to Andrew for so generously dedicating his time and energy to help raise awareness of heart disease and help us continue our fight for every heartbeat.
To find out more about National Heart Month – download a fundraising pack at bhf.org.uk/red or call 0300 330 0645.